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Richie: The Man Behind the Legend

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Edited by Norman Tasker and Ian Heads; foreword by John Benaud

Personal recollections of Richie Benaud from family and friends including Neil Harvey, Alan Richardson, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor.

Published by Stoke Hill Press

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ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2015

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Edited by John Bryant

The seventh edition of the ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2015 contains the full scores of every first-class match played throughout the world during the 2014/15 season, plus the handful of matches played outside England and Wales in the 2015 season – around 600 games in total.

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Frank and George Mann: Brewing, Batting and Captaincy

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By Brian Rendell

Father and son Frank and George Mann both captained Middlesex to the County Championship and led successful England sides on tours of South Africa. Until the takeover frenzy of the 1970s, the family’s highly successful brewery, based in East London, was a leading player in the social fabric of southern England. Mann’s Brown Ale can still be found on supermarket shelves today.

Both men served in Britain’s armed forces outside its shores. Both filled middle-order batting positions for county and country; they took catches, often painfully, at mid-off; and every so often they sent down a few deliveries to help bring a match to its conclusion. Frank’s mighty hitting emptied beer tents, sometimes to the detriment of sales of his brewery’s products. George’s management skills were brought to bear on the administration of English cricket.

Using material from a wide range of sources, Brian Rendell here brings together a story far larger than the 19,585 first-class runs they scored between them.

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Norman Yardley: Yorkshire's Gentleman Player

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By Martin Howe

In today’s world, when cricket is driven by commercial considerations and the true spirit of the game is easily lost in a win at all costs attitude, it is refreshing to have a biography of a man who respected cricket’s traditions and played the game for the joy of it. Such a man was Norman Yardley, a fine all-round cricketer who scored over 18,000 runs, took almost 300 wickets in his first-class career, and, as an amateur, was a natural choice to captain England and Yorkshire after the War.

A knowledgeable and astute captain, nevertheless some Yardley lacked the ruthlessness of a Bradman and was not hard enough on some of the rebellious characters in the Yorkshire dressing room. But if his record as captain was disappointing, this was more to do with the strength of the opponents than any shortcomings of his own.

Martin Howe’s biography covers not just Yardley’s cricket career but also his life in business, journalism and broadcasting and his committee work for Yorkshire CCC. No one had an unkind word to say about Norman Yardley. His personal qualities shone through in all he did on and off the cricket field. He was indeed Yorkshire’s gentleman cricketer.

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First-Class Cricket Matches 1950

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Edited by Philip Bailey

This volume in the ACS Green scores series provides the full scorecards of all first-class matches played worldwide in the 1949/50 and 1950 seasons.

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Dimming of the Day: The Cricket Season of 1914

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Written by Simon Sweetman; foreword by Eric Midwinter

There is a peculiar poignancy about the cricket season of 1914. At the start of the season you could concentrate on the cricket (could Kent win the title again?) There were political worries about trade union militancy, the suffragettes and Ireland, but they did not include the possibility of a European war.

With the centenary of the outbreak there have been many books about 1914. Dimming of the Day is different in that it attempts to go through the season as it might have been experienced by a cricket follower at the time, from the usual early season hopes to the dismay of August as cricket seemed to become irrelevant, making substantial use of the newspapers of the year to give some feeling of the way things unfolded. It looks primarily at first-class cricket but does not forget the recreational game.

It also looks at the social divisions of the time as they were reflected through cricket and the way the newspapers reported the game. There is a foreword by Eric Midwinter which helps to set the year into its social and historical context.

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Wiltshire Cricketers 1858-2014

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Compiled by Tony Percival

This book contains biographical details and career figures for the players who have appeared for Wiltshire since 1858, including those who played before the start of the Minor Counties Championship in 1895. A lot of the information collected has never been previously published.

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2015 First-Class Counties Second Eleven Annual

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Edited by Howard Clayton

Potted scores for all Second Eleven Championship, Trophy and Twenty20 matches played during 2014, plus player biographies, comprehensive averages and statistical highlights, details of major friendly games, and all grounds used during the season.

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ACS International Cricket Year Book 2015

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Edited by Philip Bailey

The 30th edition of the ACS Year Book provides 490 pages of detailed information about every player worldwide who appeared in First-Class, List A Limited-Overs, Twenty20 or women’s international cricket in the 2013/14 and 2014 seasons.

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The Minor Counties Championship 1909

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Edited by Julian Lawton Smith

Full scorecards, seasonal averages and records and much more.

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Alec Watson: Chucker?

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By Duncan McLeish

There have been doubts raised about certain features of Alec Watson’s life story. Firstly, about the date and place of his birth; investigation into the former confirmed the date generally accepted, but enquiries into the latter threw up a number of problems. The author’s investigations suggest a place of birth not even mentioned before.

Secondly, there were certainly doubts about the legality of Watson’s bowling action: was he a ‘chucker’? The author considers the arguments and sources on this, and suggests what he hopes is a fair conclusion.

There were no doubts about Watson’s success; the facts and figures contained herein speak for themselves. Nor is there any doubt about his successful career on the fringes of cricket: as groundsman at Old Trafford; as a cricket coach to clubs and schools; and as a progressive sports outfitter with three shops in central Manchester, and a big house on its outskirts.

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Lionel Robinson: Cricket at Old Buckenham

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By Stephen Musk

Lionel ‘Robby’ Robinson, Australian financier made good, settled at Old Buckenham Hall in the Norfolk countryside. There he hosted the 1912 South African tourists, the 1919 Australian Imperial Forces team, and most famously and intriguingly Warwick Armstrong’s 1921 Australians.

Former England captain Archie MacLaren ran Robinson’s cricket affairs. The ‘country house’ hospitality drew many of the notable players of the era, such as Michael Falcon, the subject of Lives in Cricket No.15. As in that book, Stephen Musk roots his story in Norfolk, and the wider world of cricket, and traces links to MacLaren’s famous win over the 1921 Australian tourists at Eastbourne.

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First-Class Cricket Matches 1949

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Edited by Philip Bailey

This volume in the ACS Green scores series provides the full scorecards of all first-class matches played worldwide in the 1948/49 and 1949 seasons.

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Donald Carr: Derbyshire's Corinthian

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By John Shawcroft

This is the story of a man who captained Repton, Oxford University, Derbyshire and England before becoming MCC Assistant Secretary, tour manager, TCCB Secretary and an international referee. Donald Carr spent his life involved in cricket at all levels as both player and administrator.

Born into an army family stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, he first sprang to prominence when selected for the third Victory Test in 1945. After Oxford, which he captained in 1950, he threw in his lot with Derbyshire, where he was a highly effective batsman, slow left-arm bowler and member of the renowned Derbyshire leg trap of the 1950s, as well as being captain from 1955 to 1962. He toured India in 1951/52, playing in two Tests and captaining his country when India gained their first Test victory. He was captain of the MCC A team which went to Pakistan in 1955/56, a tour which is mainly remembered for the soaking given to the Pakistani umpire, Idris Begh.

Carr was a soccer player, winning two Blues at Oxford, before becoming a member of the renowned Pegasus team which won the FA Amateur Cup in 1950/51 and 1952/53.

His career as an administrator with Derbyshire, MCC and the TCCB encompassed some of the game’s more controversial moments such as Basil D’Oliveira’s selection for England in 1968, Tony Greig’s run-out dismissal of Alvin Kallicharran, and the Packer Affair.

Using a variety of sources, John Shawcroft traces a first-class career which lasted from 1945 to 1968, during which Donald Carr scored 19,257 runs, captured 328 wickets and took 500 catches.

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